The reviewer who field tested these retro kicks grew up skating back when the boards were as wide as snowboards and professional skaters kept going to jail (Gator, hardly knew ya!). Keen’s Timmons Chukka aren’t tailor-made for today’s sleek skateboards, but they echo that old school sensibility in an all-weather shoe with a natural canvas lining, a soft Nubuck leather upper, non-marking rubber outsoles, and ribbed stitching on the leather at the back side of the shoe for a touch of seashell-line style. The three eye loops and the closely-stitched tongue make putting on the mid-height shoe a bit of a struggle (less so in the loafer or full-lace versions). But once laced up, the Timmons are plenty roomy, providing comfort that’s amplified by Keen’s proprietary footbed, a mix of recycled polyurethane, cork, and memory foam that’ll hug your feet in ways that those skate shoes from the mid-‘80s never did.
Available in brown and both gloss and matt black.
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